A Chatteris soldier was among a dedicated military support group helping Prince Harry make the inaugural Invictus Games an event to remember.
Colour Sergeant Matt Waters was among more than 300 members of the Armed Services on duty at the international sports event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans.
It ran from Wednesday to Sunday and was held at iconic London venues including the Lee Valley Athletic Centre and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The Invictus Games were launched by Prince Harry to use the power of sport to support rehabilitation of wounded service personnel and generate a wider respect of those who serve their country.
Teams of wounded service men and women came together from 13 nations – including the UK, USA, Afghanistan, Germany and Australia – to compete in nine different sports such as swimming, athletics, cycling and wheelchair basketball.
Working behind the scenes supporting athletes and their families were soldiers from the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, including CSgt Waters.
The event has a special significance for the 38-year-old, who supported wounded soldiers after the Anglians’ tour of Afghanistan in 2011.
The father-of-two, who has been in the Army for 21 years, said: “Sport is a massive element in promoting a soldier’s recovery, giving them a goal and something to focus on other than their injury. It provides a light at the end of the tunnel.
“I was really proud to be at the first Invictus Games. As an international competition it is the pinnacle of sport, and shows that what we do to support injured soldiers is working and they can bounce back.
“For soldiers who are earlier in their recovery it will be a great inspiration to see this event.”